The second round of the AFAC Novel Writing Program, is coming to its closure, culminating in the publication of nine novels by the participating writers. Parallel to celebrating the successful end of the second round, having succeeded in discovering nine young talented writers from different Arab countries, AFAC is opening the call for the third round of the program under the supervision of well-known Lebanese writer Jabbour Dweihi.
About the Program
The Third edition of AFAC’s Novel Writing Program, which will be under the supervision of Jabbour Dweihi, spreads over 18 months. All the projects submitted will undergo professional assessment and a maximum of ten projects will be selected as grantees into the program.
Up to ten writers will be chosen to participate in a program including three workshops that will result in the completion of scripts written by the participant writers. AFAC will support the publication of the scripts selected for publishing.
Instead of paying a grant for the grantees, AFAC will cover all the expenses for grantees participating in the program, including the intensive training workshops, the supervision and the travel costs and board expenses for attending the workshops. AFAC will also cover printing and publication expenses for those novels that are deemed of exemplary quality, at the end of the program.
This call is open to all Arab authors irrespective of age, experience, race, religion, nationality or place of residence (in the Arab region or in Diaspora).
Program of the workshops
First workshop: 17-21, June 2016
Second workshop: 10-17, October 2016
Third workshop: 13-20, March 2017
The call was closed on March 15th, 2016. The winners will be announced on April 29th, 2016.
Jabbour Dweihi is a Lebanese novelist, born in Zghorta, in North Lebanon. He earned a bachelor degree in French Literature at the College of Education in Beirut, then a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris III (Nouvelle Sorbonne). He has retired from university teaching at the Lebanese University where he used to be a Professor of French Literature.
He furthermore used to be an editorial writer and literary critic for the Beirut-based daily, L'Orient Express and L'Orient Littéraire literary supplement, respectively.
Dweihi has translated several literary and general works from French into Arabic. His own work has been translated to French, English, Italian and German.
Two of his novels were on the short list of the International Prize of Arabic Fiction: June Rain (2008) and The Vagrant (2012). His novel The American Neighborhood was on the long list for the same prize in 2015.
Dweihi has published a series of novels, Moderation of Autumn (1995);Rayya of the River (1998); Rose Fountain (2002), June Rain (2006),Chased Away (2006) and The American Neighborhood (2013). In addition to a compilation of short stories Death Among Family is Sleepiness (1990), and a children’s story Spirit of the Jungle, written in French (2001).